NEW JERSEY PUBLIC TELEVISION COMING TO A NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR YOU, STARTING IN CAMDEN MARCH 23

NJTV In Your Neighborhood Initiative takes public television deeper into the communities it serves than ever before;

First stop: Camden on March 23rd;

Special night of broadcasting begins with Live NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams on location at Adventure Aquarium at 5:30pm

iym_camdenUPDATED March 20, 2017 – CAMDEN, NJ – NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, is launching a new initiative for 2017:  NJTV In Your Neighborhood. A powerful combination of news, special programming and community engagement events, NJTV will use its on-air and digital platforms and personnel to showcase some of the Garden State’s most dynamic places, shining a spotlight on the people, cultural fabric and issues that make those areas tick and the history that grounds them.  First stop: Camden on Thursday, March 23rd, for a full evening of live and special local programming dedicated to that city. Watch a preview here.

“What we are creating is an initiative that spans multiple platforms and ensures that NJTV’s broadcast, community engagement and digital components are responsive to the people of the cities, allowing them to shape the stories told on television, discussed at events, and posted online,” said NJTV General Manager John Servidio. “We will address community needs, build audience engagement, deepen viewer involvement, establish new collaborations and create informed programming that will further position NJTV as a trusted resource for the state.”

In Your Neighborhood is a state-wide broadcast and community engagement initiative that spotlights issues impacting communities throughout New Jersey. Its goal is to provide the entire state with an in-depth look at each city through the many perspectives of those who live, work and visit there. NJTV will explore topics of education, infrastructure, politics, commerce, health, arts, culture and more in each location. The first of four “neighborhood” visits slated for this year is Camden, New Jersey, and the entire primetime programming line-up will be dedicated to that city.

The evening kicks off with a special live early edition of the network’s newscast, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams at 5:30pm featuring headlining news and scheduled interviews with local guests, followed by a live hour-long program at 6pm, NJTV In Your Neighborhood Special, both broadcast from Camden’s Adventure Aquarium. The evening’s Camden-centric line-up will include special editions of On the Record with Michael Aron and One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Pasta & Politics with Nick Acocella featuring Mayor Redd and more. The full evening broadcast line-up will be as follows:

5:30pm                 NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams live from Adventure Aquarium

6:00pm                NJTV In Your Neighborhood Special live from Adventure Aquarium

7:00pm                One-on-One with Steve Adubato: Camden special

7:30pm                 On the Record with Michael Aron: Camden special

8:00pm                Pasta & Politics with Nick Acocella – featuring Camden mayor Dana Redd

8:30pm                 Driving Jersey: Broadway & Ferry

9:00pm                This is South Jersey with Marianne Aleardi

9:30pm                State of the Arts: Michael Pedicin, Jazzman; Waterfront South, Camden; and the Fertile Crescent

The NJTV In Your Neighborhood Special will encore at 10pm that evening.

Interviews slated to be a part of that special (subject to change) include: Mayor Dana Redd, Anthony Perno, CEO of Coopers Ferry Partnership, Camden School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard, Rutgers University – Camden – Chancellor Phoebe Haddon, 2017 Camden – Martin Luther King recipient Patty DiRenzo and NJ Health Initiatives – School Nurse Program Sheila Colalillo and State Senate President Steve Sweeney.  Scheduled segments will feature the Camden Greenway, Adventure Aquarium, the Camden Waterfront, RCA Camden Record Label, the USS New Jersey, Campbell’s Soup and Arts in Camden and the city’s history.

The Special is also being live streamed and available live on Facebook.

To keep the conversation going, a follow-up community event is being planned on April 27th at the Rowan University Camden Academic Building, where the network’s engagement team will commune groups of residents, thought leaders and stakeholders to discuss issues affecting Camden.

“Ultimately, we hope the information we collect and the insight we provide our audience into each ‘neighborhood’ makes us all better-informed citizens and better neighbors,” said Servidio. “And like a good neighbor, we are committed to the cities we visit and will assure NJTV’s presence there extends far beyond the live broadcast date.”

Support for NJTVs In Your Neighborhood: Camden initiative is provided in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Wells Fargo, with additional support from the Campbell Soup Company. The views expressed in the programming do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.

Follow the NJTV In Your Neighborhood story online at njtvonline.org/inyourneighborhood/ and on social media #NJTVIYN 

Future NJTV In Your Neighborhood stops slated for 2017 include Trenton, New Brunswick and Asbury Park.

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About NJTV

NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to all 21 counties in New Jersey and its tri-state neighbors. NJTV presents acclaimed PBS series such as Nature, American Masters, Charlie Rose, and BBC World News America and children’s programs with diverse local programs including American Songbook at NJPAC, On the Record with Michael Aron, Driving Jersey, NJDocs, Due Process,  One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Classroom Close-Up NJ and State of the Arts. The network’s flagship news broadcast, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, features stories from across the Garden State utilizing the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio in Newark, its Trenton Statehouse studio and remote cameras at university content bureaus as well as media partners. The NJTV website offers online programs and free digital resources for educators. NJTV is comprised of WNJN, WNJS, WNJB, and WNJT, which collectively broadcast throughout NJ. NJTV is operated under an agreement with the state of New Jersey by Public Media NJ, Inc. (PMNJ), a non-profit affiliate of WNET, parent company of award-winning New York public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21.

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